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Posted December 22, 2008
In the mid 1950's I was flying on Frontier Airlines several times each week. I become acquainted with Captain Searle and several other great pilots who flew for Frontier. Flying on the DC-3's and Convairs was a thrill I shall never forget. I loved Frontier, the crews were very professional and friendly and always had a word for passengers as they got on or off the airplane. It was on one of these many flights that I first met Captain Searle. At that time he was flying as Co-pilot on the DC-3. Some time later as I was boarding the airplane in Rock Springs, Wyo I spotted Tex who was standing at the top of the stairs. He had the widest grin I had ever seen. As I approached him I noticed he had Captain strips on. He told me he had just been promoted to Captain and this trip was his first flight as a Captain. He said to me Hey if you want to wait for another flight it will not hurt my feelings. What a great guy.<BR/><BR/>Many a night we would land at the small airports and it would be a blizzard outside. I wondered how the pilots found the airport let alone land in those conditions. <BR/><BR/>Many years later I had been transferred fo Texas and had lost contact with Captain Searle. Then one day I was in the bookstore at the airport and found the book The Golden Years of Flying by Captain Tex Searle. I was so excited to start reading it and when I did I could not put it down. Tex really knows how to tell a story. He brought back to life the pilots I had flown with over the years while flying on the Grand Ole Lady. He pointed out that the pilots who flew the rocky mountain empire in Dc-3's were the best of the best and proved themselves time and time again on Frontier Airlines. <BR/><BR/>This book tells what it was like flying in the mountains in all kinds of weather without the excellent navigation systems the pilots enjoy today. <BR/><BR/>You will not be disappointed when you read this book. It brings out the humorous excapades the pilots pulled on the Stewardesses. The many flights the hair stood up on the back of their necks and the lifetime friendships made between crews who flew this treacherous mountain terrain and survied to tell their story. <BR/><BR/>I rate this book a 5 star plus and am looking forward to seeing it in print again.
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